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Old 09-03-2013, 03:21 PM   #30991
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At about 17 mph it begins to matter. But, that would picking fly shit out of the pepper as grand dad used to say.
I don't have that problem. I have ridden behind a couple of guys who I could look completely under when on the drops.

I fixed the shredder since some junkmailer had a bogus steel token in the letter that jammed the damned thing. Two hours sweating like a pig in the garage enough to pool around my flipflops while taking the shredder head apart and back together. $400 shredder and darned if I was going to take it to a repairman.
And I cleaned my motorcycle up a bit more. I was going to check the valves but by then I had soaked my clothes.
Oh, and on Sunday morning while waiting for breakfast at a hidden little place down by the ocean we got to talking to the family waiting with us. They were over here to their vacation home, (in Newport Beach!), and from UK. Turns out her brother designed the new Mark Cavendish logo.
http://www.markcavendish.co.uk/
Pretty cool. Then my phone buzzed and I had a deposit in my PayPal account. The Adventure had just sold at that point.
So, when I got home, I burned up some time motorcycle shopping and showing my wife videos of 990 Adventures jumping dunes.
I want a 690, but she thinks its too small. Hell everything is small compared to that pfig of an Adventure I am riding.

New owner is flying in next Wednesday so I'll have it all polished and tuned up for him.
If I lived closer to work, I'd be looking at full squish mountain bikes.


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Y'all will note I ain't said nuthin

Nope.

Not a word.

I went on a ride this AM with a coupla buddies. Didya know small guys (smaller'n me anyway) don't make much of a draft? D.O. *may* weigh 130# and rides a 50-51cm TT. When you're going somewhat quickly, that hole in the air becomes important!

Then I got back and did a coupla hours of mowing.

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Old 09-03-2013, 06:37 PM   #30992
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I felt like complete hell but I put the bike in the truck anyway. Right before I got sick I thought I would go back to the old Sidis. Well, they don't feel a bit like the new Diadoras. I really need to spend some time fixing my cleat position. I had an odd pain in the centre of my left knee. I think I may need to move the shoe toward the inside of the bike. Right now I have the shoes as outboard as they they will go to keep from clipping my ankles like I used to with the old Record cranks. I don't think that will be a problem with these FSA cranks, seems I have plenty of room. Also, the heel of the right Diadora used to clip the rear derailleur cable guide once in a while. Clearance has doubled with the Sidi shoes. I may have to buy a new pair and hide it from the pillion until they look used and old.

I also need to mess with my saddle a bit. I suppose all of this is expected with a different shoe.

I stopped by the local bike shop and asked if he had a set of red Look Keo cleats. He didn't. He can order them. 30 USD and end of the week. Those same cleats are 16 USD on sale from Wiggle and would be here middle of next week. I told him to order them anyway, but supporting my local is getting costly.

So I rode anyway. 11 miles of pedaling squares and feeling like a bucket of hog shyte and I packed it in. I suppose it's a little soon.

I read a really neat account of one of the Cannondale boys in the Tour who flexed his pre-production Super Six Evo frame so badly on a descent that he threw the chain off the outside of the chainset and crashed his brains out. Said they were no where near stiff enough. I guess not. He also recalled having to change bikes early in the race because his proper ride had developed a loose crank. He was given his second bike with no computer, the heaviest, most basic training wheels the team used and a brand new saddle which added about 4mm to his seat height. Such is the life of a domestique.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:41 PM   #30993
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The Adventure had just sold at that point.
So, when I got home, I burned up some time motorcycle shopping and showing my wife videos of 990 Adventures jumping dunes.
I want a 690, but she thinks its too small. Hell everything is small compared to that pfig of an Adventure I am riding.

You're gonna miss that bike once it's gone. I just found an ADV tank for my 1150. It's sitting in the study in a giant box like an end table. The pillion has mentioned it but she's not too cross with me yet.

If you buy a KTM 1190 your list of necessary spares will double.

Don't bother with a matching aero helmet in KTM orange. They don't do any good.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:02 PM   #30994
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #30995
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No chance getting me to bite at the 1190. I'm more partial to the last of the breed bike. I stopped on my way home and visited with the good KTM shop. 990 BAja is about $16K OTD in round numbers. Comes with a rack, a tail bag and tank bag. There is also a GPS mount bar, and led riding lights. Oh, and big orange bash bars.
We'll know in a week or so if I can talk myself out of the money.
When going areo one needs to remember the tail bit. Blunt end goes into the business.

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You're gonna miss that bike once it's gone. I just found an ADV tank for my 1150. It's sitting in the study in a giant box like an end table. The pillion has mentioned it but she's not too cross with me yet.

If you buy a KTM 1190 your list of necessary spares will double.

Don't bother with a matching aero helmet in KTM orange. They don't do any good.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:11 PM   #30996
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Well said.


The aero helmet he was using looked like this one:

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:41 PM   #30997
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As for me, my GPS data shows that aero helmets are no faster at high speeds than a regular helmet; they just look ridiculous.

Next time, imagine being chased by zombies on horseback, taking turns wacking your helmet with 9 irons. You just weren't in the right frame of mind to see an appreciable increase in speed.
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:58 AM   #30998
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Next time, imagine being chased by zombies on horseback, taking turns wacking your helmet with 9 irons. You just weren't in the right frame of mind to see an appreciable increase in speed.
I had to bring the bike in for servicing, so it may be a while until I can try it again. For some reason mine won't go nearly as fast as Fabian Cancalara's bike. I'm hoping it's a warranty issue.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:01 AM   #30999
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TTs: if you don't get off the bike puking, seeing black spots, and darn near passing out, you didn't go hard enough.

To be truly fast at em takes training to ride at/over/at/over/repeat LT. Coupla good workouts online for that.

...AND skinsuit, and lycra/aero booties. All that loose, baggy/flappy jersey and straps on yer shoes you got on there A? Slow as molasses in Jan.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:41 AM   #31000
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TTs: if you don't get off the bike puking, seeing black spots, and darn near passing out, you didn't go hard enough.
That's how my VQ Racing coaches decides how well a class went: by the number of times someone nearly puked. My record so far is 3.

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...AND skinsuit, and lycra/aero booties. All that loose, baggy/flappy jersey and straps on yer shoes you got on there A? Slow as molasses in Jan.
I'm NOT wearing a skin suit (at least until I lose some more weight). I look geeky enough just wearing the TT helmet.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:47 AM   #31001
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I'm NOT wearing a skin suit (at least until I lose some more weight). I look geeky enough just wearing the TT helmet.
See? You're just not serious enough! No wonder you didn't go all that fast!



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Old 09-04-2013, 07:44 AM   #31002
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There's a lot of that going around.

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I had to bring the bike in for servicing, so it may be a while until I can try it again. For some reason mine won't go nearly as fast as Fabian Cancalara's bike. I'm hoping it's a warranty issue.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:02 PM   #31003
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SRAM Red is expensive. Even at wholesale!



Just ordered some bits and bobs (like shifters, crank, and brakes) to finish the Altamira CX frame I bought.

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Old 09-04-2013, 01:23 PM   #31004
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...and no lawyer tabs back then, quick releases worked as they should. Just saying.
I'm curious, do people grind these off? I'm just about to, they piss me off, I rode bikes without them for 25+ years.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #31005
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I haven't yet on my two bikes with them. Only the old school Pinarello doesn't have them.
I don't pull the wheels much so tend to forget about them between tire changes.

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I'm curious, do people grind these off? I'm just about to, they piss me off, I rode bikes without them for 25+ years.
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